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Pope Benedict speaks to 'the heavens'

Pope Benedict speaks to 'the heavens'
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The sky is no longer the limit for Pope Benedict XVI.

He has become the first pontiff to call space, speaking directly with crew members onboard the International Space Station on Saturday.

The 84-year-old told the astronauts: “You are our representatives spearheading humanity’s exploration of new spaces and possibilities for our future going beyond the limitations of our everyday existence.”

The German pontiff was echoing the views of one of his predecessors.

Pope Pius XII once said that “God has no intention of setting a limit on the efforts of man to conquer space.”

The papal audience was organised by the European Space Agency.